Samsung plans to headline the Samsung Unpacked event at IFA 2012 by showing off the new Galaxy Note 2 with a larger display and unveiling the Galaxy Camera, the company’s first full Android smart camera.
At 1PM Eastern Samsung will start showing off the new product lineup for the IFA 2012 show in Berlin.
Right now we know Samsung is planning on announcing the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy Camera, but we also expect to see a few accessories for both devices, and there’s a small possibility of new Galaxy Player devices.
Galaxy Note 2
Users are eagerly waiting for the official launch of the Galaxy Note 2 and we’ve confirmed that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will use a 5.5-inch display, a slight bump up from the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note display.
This lines up with the Galaxy Note 2 specs we discovered over the weekend, which also point to a 1280x 720 resolution display. The specs call for a believable Exynos 4412 quad-core processor and an improved 8MP camera on the rear fo the Note 2.
We’re hearing that the Galaxy Note 2 will ship with Jelly Bean, not Ice Cream Sandwich like the Galaxy Note 10.1, but this will come at a cost. Rather than offering a Galaxy Note 2 release date in a few weeks, Samsung is expected to remain vague on details, but push the release to include Jelly Bean.
The best estimates point to an October Galaxy Note 2 release date in Korea, and possibly a later U.S. Galaxy Note 2 release on AT&T. We’re still waiting for confirmation on the inclusion of Jelly Bean and the October release, but it looks likely.
Design details point to a departure from the original Galaxy Note, likely a move to put distance between the look of the Note 2 and the iPhone and iPad after a long and costly legal battle with Apple. Hopefully Samsung’s lawyers don’t maintain as tight a grip on the design as with the Galaxy Note 10.1.
The Galaxy Note 2 is the star of the show, but Samsung will also announce a Galaxy Camera.
This smart camera is powered by Android with a 16MP sensor and a large touch screen that allows users to control the camera and apps.
The screen size and version of Android remain unconfirmed, but rumors point to a 4.8-inch SUPER AMOLED display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The smart camera will feature WiFi connectivity, and may include a 3G model for specific carriers.
Unlike the Nokia 808 PureView, don’t expect a voice component, so this will remain a smart camera instead of a high-end camera that replaces a phone.
Additional rumors point to a 10X optical zoom and a pop up Xenon flash. The device will likely be twice as thick as a Galaxy S III, which is still rather thin.
We expect users will find the Google Play Store on the device, with access to many camera apps as well as standard Android apps.
Stay tuned to GottaBeMobile for on the ground coverage of the Samsung Unpacked event at IFA 2012 and hands on with the hottest Samsung products after the announcement.